Cancer shave by Bega Cheese workers

THREE Bega Cheese workers shaved their heads on Wednesday in the company’s tea room to fundraise for cancer.

Gary Street, Kevin Abraham and Luke Grinham were deftly sheared by Mary Rankin, who used to be a hairdresser and now works in Bega Cheese HR.

Afterwards co-workers had the opportunity to spray paint over stencils onto the newly-shaven heads.

Around $500 was raised by members of Bega Cheese to go towards NSW Cancer Council’s Relay for Life. 

Cancer Council Bega community relations coordinator Sarah Flynn said the funds would mainly go towards research, but also the development of local services and the costs of running the Bega office. 

It was the first time Mr Street has had his head shaved, and he wondered what his wife would think of it.

“I just want to get it done,” he said.

Part of the reason he decided to fundraise for cancer was as around nine years ago his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and while she survived, he knew another woman who was also diagnosed but did not. 

“It’s just a total lottery,” he said. 

Ms Flynn said fundraisers such as this were great as it engages people who the Cancer Council wouldn’t normally reach, and otherwise may not have heard about the council and Relay for Life. 

Ms Flynn said Relay for Life is the largest fundraising event in the world, started in Australia in 1993 and this year is the ninth year it has run in the Bega Valley.

“I’d like to thank Bega Cheese for their ongoing support of the Relay for Life, especially their team who goes above and beyond for the Relay,” she said.

The Bega Valley Relay for Life will be held on October 11 and 12 at the Pambula Sporting Complex. 

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